Well, you can't win 'em all. Just ask Texas Rangers Double-A prospect Joey Gallo. Gallo, who played for the Hickory Crawdads last season and won the Minor League Baseball Home Run Championship last summer, saw his short reign come to an end. Gallo, who played for the

Class AA Frisco Roughriders of the Texas League, finished with 42 home runs this season.



He was bested by Kris Bryant, the top prospect of the Chicago Cubs, who led the minors with 43 long balls.


Gallo, who split time between Myrtle Beach (in the high Class A Carolina League) and Frisco, drove in a total 106 runs with 19 doubles, three triples and he batted a combined .271 with a .615 slugging percentage.


Gallo, in his third season of professional baseball, has 104 home runs in his career. He was selected by the Rangers in the Compensation A Draft in 2012. Gallo hit 40 home runs last season, splitting time between the Crawdads (106 games) and in the Arizona League (five games).






Jones Closes Out First Full Professional Season



Ryder Jones, who was named the North Carolina Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year in 2013, found the going a little tougher in his second season and first full season of professional baseball.


The former Watauga High product split time between the Augusta GreenJackets of the Class A South Atlantic League and the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes of the the Class A (short season) Northwest League.


Jones, who was selected in the second-round (64th overall pick) by the San Francisco Giants in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft in 2013, played 91 games in Augusta before was re-assigned to Salem-Keizer.


He appeared in 91 games with the GreenJackets this season. He had 81 hits, including 21 doubles, a triple, seven home runs and 49 runs-batted-in with a .220 batting average.


He played 27 games with Salem-Keizer. He had 25 hits, including five doubles, a triple, three home runs and 18 RBI with a .243 batting average. Combined, Jones batted .225 with ten home runs, 67 RBI, with 107 hits, including 26 doubles.


Jones set the single-season record with 43 RBI and tied the school record with 11 home runs during his senior year at Watauga. He had signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Stanford University before he was selected in the draft by the Giants.




Photo Courtesy: Joey Gallo, Hickory Crawdads